Bengaluru: Constable smuggles phones into jail, caught

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Oct 13, 2017, 1:29 am IST
Updated Oct 13, 2017, 7:01 am IST
They were meant for Ummer Haji, 2008 blast accused.
(Inset) Dinesh, the accused
 (Inset) Dinesh, the accused

Bengaluru: In a shocking incident, a City Armed Reserve constable was held after he was trying to smuggle two smartphones along with the warrant copy to supply it to a terror suspect lodged at the Bengaluru Central Jail in Parappana Agrahara.

It is said the two phones were meant to be given to Thadiyantevide Nasir alias Ummer Haji, an accused in the 2008 Bengaluru serial bomb blast case and a close aide of jailed PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani.

The constable, identified as Dinesh, has been detained by the Parappana Agrahara police in this connection. He joined the police department in 2012 and is aged around 25 years.

According to the police, the incident took place on Wednesday morning. Dinesh, who escorts Madani and other terror suspects from jail to the court for trial, had come to issue  warrant to Nasir.

But the security personnel grew suspicious when they noticed that the cover that had the warrant copy was big and checked it. They found two new smart phones in it and immediately confiscated it and alerted the jurisdictional police.

“He has confessed that he was asked to give the phones to Nasir from a person at the court. We are questioning Dinesh about that person and are trying to know why Nasir wanted a phone,” an official said.

However, it is learnt that the police are yet to register an FIR as they have to follow some procedures, as it involves a police personnel. The police are likely to register an FIR soon and arrest Dinesh.

Similar case last year
This is not the first such incident where a mobile phone was being smuggled into a prison for a terror suspect. It may be recalled that in February 2016 an abandoned mobile phone was found in the corridor of the high-security block in the prison during a routine check by the prison staff.

As the phone was found near the room in which Mohammed Fahad alias Koya was lodged, it was suspected that he was using the phone. Fahad, a Pakistan national, is a suspected member of Al-badr terror outfit and was arrested in Mysuru in 2006.

A few years ago, intelligence agencies had found that he and his associate Mohammad Ali Hussein were using mobile phones inside the prison to keep in touch with their associates in Pakistan.

Location: India, Karnataka




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